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Colombia's Peacemakers Are Losing Their Mojo

Political entropy is undermining the pact to end the hemisphere's longest insurgency.
Keep the peace fires burning.

Keep the peace fires burning.

Photographer: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Since ending Latin America’s longest shooting war, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has been feted around the globe, winning the Nobel Peace Prize and fancy honorary degrees from the likes of the Sorbonne and his alma mater the University of Kansas

With such a well-burnished trophy wall, you might expect Santos to be gliding into retirement or some statesman’s sinecure. That’s not the way things are turning out. Instead, the peace accord that Santos finally bagged last year has been plagued with trouble and setbacks.